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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Compares Zach McKinstry’s Homerun to One Hit by Andrew Toles

A throwback to when Andrew Toles was crushing balls for LA.



The Dodgers are having a wild time at Coors Field in Colorado. From cats running out onto the field to homeruns being ruled as singles, things have just gotten weird. And who knows what could happen with one game left in the series. 

In Saturday’s game, Zach McKinstry hit the first homerun of his big league career. But it wasn’t quite as simple as hitting a ball over the fence. The Dodgers utilityman had to leg out an inside-the-park homer after Raimel Tapia pulled the ball back into the park.

Manager Dave Roberts was asked what it was like to witness it from his view. Doc immediately recalled a name very familiar to Dodgers fans when talking about McKinstry’s game-winning homerun. 

It was great. I remember a few years ago I saw Andrew Toles hit a homerun the other way and win a ballgame for us. So to see another young player come, and a crazy way to have hit first Major League homer…to see him come towards the dugout all that excitement and energy was fun. For me as a manager, those are things that I’ll remember forever. 

Toles hit a big homerun back in August of 2016 that put the Dodgers up in the 9th inning. McKinstry’s was in the 8th, but his was also hit to the opposite field. Bringing up Toles in the context of Zach will no doubt have fans excited, given the caliber players that Toles was in Los Angeles. 

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Have the Dodgers found the guy that can replace Enrique Hernandez all over the diamond? The early indications are that they might have found someone even better. McKinstry is 2-for-3 this season with a double and his homerun. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Don’t understand why Roberts thinks its good to sit two of the best players at the same time.
    It worked ok yesterday but still.

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